IN subtle comments aimed at its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi has said there is no Modi wave in the country but only a BJP wave.
Joshi, who headed the BJP’s manifesto committee, also suggested that the Gujarat model of development, touted by Narendra Modi, cannot be made applicable to all the states, observing that he did not favour a “straitjacket” model of one particular state.
Joshi, who had to make way for Modi for the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat, said their PM candidate was just a “representative” of the party for the top post and was getting support from across the country and BJP leaders.
“Modi is a representative of the party as a PM candidate…so it is not a highly personalised thing (the wave). It is a representative wave. He gets support from different parts of the country, from sections of the society and from all leaders of the BJP,” he told Manorma News.
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Talking about the development model that BJP-led NDA wished to pursue if it came to power, Joshi said he did not favour a “straitjacket” model of one particular state, but would like to take the good points of development from various states.
“It is now the developmental model of the country as presented by BJP. In a country like India, what developmental model is true for Jammu and Kashmir or Arunachal Pradesh, may not be true for Kerala. So to say that this model or that model — no. So some good points may be there, some good points from the government of Tripura will also be there, it is not some straitjacket model,” he added.
Joshi also raised eyebrows on the issue of expulsion of Jaswant Singh from the BJP. He said the decision to deny the party ticket to its expelled senior leader was not taken at the Central Election Committee, of which he is a member but by the party president and Rajasthan Chief Minister.
When asked for his reaction, senior party leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said he would react only after going through Joshi’s comments.